Creating the definitive oral history of Achill
Welcome to Achill Oral Histories
A very warm welcome to Achill Oral Histories. We are delighted you have visited our web site. Our mission is to preserve accounts of everyday life by recording the life histories of the Achill people past and present, including the Achill diaspora.
We all have a story to tell. The recording and archiving of our accounts of the past has many benefits, both for individuals and society as a whole. Yet we often overlook the importance of preserving accounts of life as recounted by the Achill people past and present. Achill Oral Histories will bridge this gap in knowledge. Unless recorded, memories of everyday life will be lost forever. Achill Oral Histories is therefore committed to producing the definitive oral history of the Achill people through the systematic recording and archiving of everyday life on Achill. reserved through high quality digital recording and word for word transcripts, events of the past as recounted by the people of Achill will be available for current and future generations.
To discover eye witness accounts of life in Achill past and present,
To book on our 'SOS - Save Our Stories: A Celebration Of Oral History' free event in Achill on Wed 16th August 2023 10 - 14.00 hrs, click here. To view the programme for the 'Save Our Stories' event, click here.
For an overview of seminal events and dates which shape Achill's story, have a look at our first ever commemorative calendar.
Ashleam School Centenary Celebrations 2024
We're delighted to be supporting the Kildownet community in preparing for the centenary of Ashleam National School in 2024. We would love to hear from anyone who has any stories about the school. So if you attended the school, have heard accounts of everyday life at the school or have any information on the school, please do get in touch. We're here ready and waiting for your stories!
Train To Remain In Achill.
Achill Oral Histories is more than a heritage preservation project. We are also committed to the development of skills and competencies so people may maximise employment opportunities in Achill Island and further afield. Like so much of rural Ireland, Achill life has been profoundly affected by mass immigration largely because of the lack of employment opportunities. So help us train people, especially our young people, to have the choice to stay in Achill. Skills such as conducting oral history interviews, research, analysis, writing, sound editing, managing an archive are just some of the competencies which are transferable to different contexts. Further details to follow in 2023.
Oral History Is A People's History
Before the advent of ink and printed materials, memories of everyday life were passed on from generation to generation using the spoken word. Many such stories exist on Achill. Each day, we begin a new chapter in our own life histories. The recounting of our personal memories is something which has endured the test of time - and this is oral history. Oral history is history as recollected from the 'bottom up', recalled by those who have actually witnessed events as they unfold. As word leading oral historian Don Ritchie states in his seminal work 'Doing Oral History', "oral history collects memories and personal commentaries of historical significance through recorded interviews."
Our first commemorative calendar of Achill life marks some of the milestones in the island's history. But what dates have we missed? Get in touch to let us know.
We'd love to hear from all Achill residents past and present, including the Achill diaspora, so all age groups and all household types. So do get in touch email@example.com Ensure your memories are recorded both now and for future generations. To get involved, click here.
Preserve Achill's history. Now and forever.
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Achill Oral Histories Ashleam National School Ashleam Achill Island Co Mayo Ireland F28 DY03
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We are proud to be members of Mayo Public Participation Network PPN registration no 01376
Achill Oral Histories is proud to be a member of The Wheel, Ireland's national association of community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises membership no G03471
Member of the Community Archive and Heritage Group Ireland and UK
We are also a proud to be a local ambassador for RNLI Achill.